Annual Giving, Donor Relations/Stewardship, Major Gifts
4 Year Degree
Meridian International Center, a 50-year-old institution dedicated to public diplomacy and global leadership through exchange, culture and convening activities, is seeking a dynamic, experienced Director of Development to continue growing a diverse, global base of funders and partners.
Working closely with the organization’s leadership, the Director will oversee management of the development office and focus on expanding Meridian’s network for individual and major gift donors and enhancing their engagement, while overseeing the stewardship of corporate and foundation donors as well.
The successful Director will have front-line individual donor fundraising experience in either a political or non-profit organization, established relationships in the philanthropic, cultural, international and political communities in Washington, D.C. and across the country and an interest and understanding of international affairs, culture and diplomacy.
Individual Donors + Major Gifts Responsibilities
Identifies individual giving prospects, develops personalized outreach and engagement strategies, solicits and closes individual gifts at all levels
Manages donor engagement programs including the Global Leadership Council and designs and implements cultivation and stewardship events and activities
Communicates regularly to individual donors and prospects and serves as the central point of contact for philanthropic relationships
Designs and writes donor materials, brochures and other collateral as well as specific partnership and solicitation proposals tailored to major donors and foundations focused on Meridian programs and initiatives
Works closely with the special events team to successfully implement the annual Meridian Ball and other fundraising and donor events
Works with leadership to cultivate new Board members with an eye to growing the culture of philanthropy and major giving
Serves as the central coordinator and manager between development staff members and consultants to develop fundraising plans
Track overall development budget
Communicates regularly with senior staff on overall development activities, budget goals, fundraising progress and issues
Oversees consistent and efficient fundraising processes such as gift-processing, thank you notes, website maintenance, event calendar, donor communications and emails etc.
Serves as a cross-organization link between all Meridian divisions to identify and coordinate funding opportunities, sources and strategy and to create strategic partnerships with individuals, foundations and corporations
Oversees the implementation and management of Salesforce database for all development related activities
Other duties and special projects as assigned
Undergraduate degree in International Relations, Public Policy or related fields
Seven years of progressive responsibility in a political or non-profit fundraising environment and an interest and familiarity with international affairs
Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Confident and accomplished front-line fundraising experience and a proven ability to identify, engage, solicit and close individual major donors independently
Demonstrated experience closing complex, multiyear gifts from diversified sources
Demonstrated ability to understand priorities of high net worth individuals and corporate and foundation decision makers and connect them with organizational priorities
Strong experience with major event fundraising and ability to raise sponsorships and develop partnerships for special events and conferences
Familiarity with raising money from the corporate sector and working on public-private partnerships
Familiarity with foundation proposal, grant management, and reporting processes
Experience managing staff and consultants as well as membership and advisory councils
Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
Experience with Salesforce database and Microsoft Office software packages
Physical Effort and Dexterity
Visual Acuity, Hearing, and Speaking
Excellent verbal and written command of the English language
Environment and Scheduling
Interest in working with an international not-for-profit professional exchange organization
Interest in working within a diverse work environment
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience.